France assassinated 22 African presidents since 1963: Report
Over 20 African presidents who posed a threat to French imperialist plans have been assassinated by Paris since 1963, according to a report.
France has consistently plotted and been in collaboration with other Western powers to assassinate African presidents they deem a threat to their interests, according to the African Exponent, a pan-African news platform.
French intelligent services “have been very active in doing the dirty work that encompasses coups and assassinations,” the report said.
“For African leaders who boldly stood up to the unending imperialist tendencies of the former colonial powers, this has generally been met with death,” it said.
France has used various methods to ensure that former African colonies remain under its control, including the creation of the CFA Franc, a colonial currency that keeps former colonies from fully attaining economic independence.
African leaders like Thomas Sankar, wo was the president of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987, were killed because they denied being under France's influence, with Paris playing a big role in that grisly assassination.
Observers accuse France of pursuing neo-colonialism in Africa, falsely claiming to fight terrorism as a pretext to maintain its influence in the region.
Anti-French sentiment is rampant in Mali and Burkina Faso. On the streets of Bamako, Mali’s capital, many say that France is actually trying to keep the country weak so the former colonial power can exploit secret gold and oil reserves in the Sahara.
An opinion poll published last month showed for the first time that the majority of French people – some 51 percent – oppose the operation in the Sahel. This has put pressure on Macron to consider a withdrawal before a 2022 presidential election.